Probably its the recession or maybe the season is getting over..but we hardly found any tourist in Kumbalgarh, but for a few Indian families on a summer vacation..the fort was not their destination as they preferred to swim in the pool and beat the heat..I didnt speak to the couple in the picture, but the guide told me that foreigners have not been coming of late..Sad, for tourism !


  1. Mridula 17 April, 2009 at 10:09 Reply

    This year even Agra is lean. We went to a shop and it was completely empty. When we asked the owner he said there are hardly any tourists this year!

  2. sandeep 17 April, 2009 at 11:06 Reply

    doesnt we need an eye-opener once in a while. i guess recession has its good side in bursting the bubbles. like say, the real estate market or fuel prices … or in bringing down over-priced companies back to earth

    i am sure it’ll all come back to normalcy soon

  3. Vamsee 17 April, 2009 at 13:22 Reply

    I keep hearing this about tourism being affected, but flights and hotels are not becoming any cheaper – not very encouraging for people who want to travel.

    Why these small posts? You really busy?

  4. Baron's Life 17 April, 2009 at 17:55 Reply

    This is a global crisis..there is no money to go around…terrorism has cost the WEST so much money in taxes in order to pay for the war to combat terrorism that tax paying citizens in the western world have no more disposable income left to go on spending on tourism, shopping or what have you.
    Sorry to be so blunt…but this is a fact of life… It’s going to get worse unless the whole world decided to eradicate the problem at its source…We are all human beings..whether you live in India, America, Cairo or Moscow…or Kabul or anywhere else…our first priority is to feed our families, keep a roof over our heads…and when time permits…SEX…lol
    but seriousely..our problems in the world are ones of human relationships and civilizations…time to sober up
    I love your post…Cheers and keep well

  5. GMG 18 April, 2009 at 01:04 Reply

    Hi Lakshmi! It’s the crisis! That’s why Blogtrotter is posting on Brasilia 2008… 😉
    Enjoy and have a great weekend!

    PS: I saw that dance in Udaipur, but not the same lady, I’m afraid…

  6. Fida 18 April, 2009 at 02:17 Reply

    Maybe there’s a shift coming up? I just read an account in a Canadian Travel mag: Canadians stay here and travel more close to home. The only branch that was still growing this year were cheap beach destinations in Mexico – they offer incredible prices. Whereas prices in Canada stay ridiculous high compared to an expensive destination like Switzerland. I spent much less money there for transportation and hotels than I did here. That was the biggest surprise for me this time I was there.

  7. PN Subramanian 18 April, 2009 at 12:07 Reply

    I don’t know whether it was the situation in January as well.As regards prices, they are going up and up while inflation is going down. Very strange. Not read in Economics.

  8. Lakshmi 24 April, 2009 at 10:36 Reply

    Mridula – I think its the same story everywhere

    Nomadic Matt – Travel budgets are the first to be hit

    Vishesh – Its not the season I guess..but you never know, people may travel as it could be cheap off season

    Sandeep – I think so too..sometimes realty checks are important

    Patricia – True..

    vamsee – No, Im just lazy or rather having a writer’s block ..i guess fares are a matter of demand and supply..they have their costs to cover and hence are unable to reduce costs when there are fewer tourists..but the arguement works well the other way around too

    Indrani – Yeah , Just replied to that thought..I guess they are trying to make money through the ones who travel

    Matt – Hopefully it doesnt continue for long

    Jeevan – Blr is slowly getg cooler thanks to rains

    kamini – Ive heard that too.sad

    Priyank – the formula holds good for some, but for the majority who are losing jobs or who are seeing people losing jobs, they tend to cut down on expenses and travel becomes the first choice..same in corporates too

    Baron’s Life – Thats a very serious concern and yes, its affecting all our lives

    Anya – Im sure better times will be here soon

    Celine – Even they are spending less..

    Philip – I am 🙂

    Gil – Lovely posts..just read them..amazed at the way you keep travelling 🙂

    Fida – True..barring top execs, most Indians are also travelling within India or closer to their home state

    PNS – everythg abt the market condition is strange..hope the dynamics will change soon

    Sundar – True..

    SK – Corruption knows no recession

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